Author: Katrina Streza
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Number of pages: 56
Recommended age: 2+
Son Rating: ★★★★★
Son Rating: ★★★★★
Mom Rating: ★★★★½
Mom Rating: ★★★★½
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary (Amazon): Santa shares his favorite things about Christmas in this alphabet book. Learn the ABCs with holiday cheer and a fun rhyming children’s book about Christmas. For children ages 2-5.
1. What is the book about? This book is about the alphabet and what the letters stand for at Christmas.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I like the cover of the book because it looks like a letter. I have a wreath and it’s not made of holly and the picture in the book doesn’t look like a real wreath. I liked the rest of the pictures.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? The snowman and the ice parts were fun because I was just outside with my sister playing in the snow and making a snowman. I liked the picture of the birdie because he was cute.
4. What is your least favorite part of the book? I loved the whole book.
5. Is there anything in the book that don’t make sense? The only problem was that the picture of ice was actually a snowflake.
6. How did the book make you feel? The book made me excited about Christmas and I wish the present would jump out of the book so I can have an extra one.
7. What did you learn from this book? I knew all the words already so I didn’t learn anything new. [Well, maybe he needed only one reminder of what a quilt is.]
8. Who do you think would like this book? I think boys and girls one year and older would like this book (that means everyone). I want to give this book 5 1/2 stars!
What I liked and disliked: Well, we don’t normally review books for little, little ones, but truth be told, we actually enjoyed this sweet little Christmas alphabet books for toddlers and preschoolers. Each page of this relatively lengthy book (56 pages) highlights one aspect of “Christmas” or winter starting with that letter. So there are angels, elves, candy canes, holly, wreaths, and so on.
Overall, it is really well done and I have to say that I was really curious to see how more unusual letters like “q”, “x”, and “z” would be handled in the book. Ok, so “quilt” isn’t exactly a “Christmasy” thing, but with the way it’s handled in the book (“Q is for Quilt that my grandmother sewed”), I can accept its inclusion. I mean what else? Question? Quail? Quiet? Queen? Yup, quilt is good. Also, as my son pointed out above, there were a few things that didn’t really go with the picture, but heh, it was a tall task!
The illustrations are all fantastic. The cover of the book looks like an envelope that has been mailed and the pictures of each letters are framed by a stamp thus reinforcing the play on words of “Letters From Santa”. All of the illustrations were very festive with an old style font used for the letters (see photo) and snowflakes in all the pictures. The pictures really were beautifully done.
My bottom line: This was a very sweet Christmas alphabet book that I’m sure parents would love to enjoy with their young children. I would recommend this book to families with children aged 2 years and over.
* Letters From Santa was provided to us by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
About the Author:
Katrina Streza lives on a small ranch in Southern California with her family, twelve chickens, two cats, two dogs, a baby goat, one horse, and one very noisy dove.
While receiving her Master’s Degree in Education at Pepperdine University, Katrina decided that her goal was to make class so fun her students wouldn’t realize they were learning. She’s applied that philosophy while teaching and tutoring kids from kindergarten to college.
When she’s not writing or teaching, Katrina sings in the choir at her church.
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